Audi Q5 Estate

We say Spacious and practical, the Audi Q5 is a competent crossover SUV with typical Audi build quality and a premium feel that will appeal to

We say Spacious and practical, the Audi Q5 is a competent crossover SUV with typical Audi build quality and a premium feel that will appeal to downsizers.Performance Plenty of powertrains to choose from, best performance figures are from the 3.0-litre diesel returning a top speed of 139mph and 0-62mph sprint time of 6.5 seconds.Emissions Q5 running costs are excellent for the 4x4 segment, but not so good when compared to road cars. Choose the 2.0-litre TDI for the best fuel economy - 42mpg combined.Driving The Q5 big, heavy... and manages to handle very well considering. Quite agile but solid on the road, it is also a reasonably capable off-roader.Feel There’s some wind and road noise, but overall the Q5 presents a smooth drive thanks to excellent suspension.Space It’s a big SUV, and the length means legroom is readily available for passengers as well as the driver. The Audi Q5 has plenty of head room as well, and the boot space is 530 litres, or 1560 litres with the rear seats folded.Equipment The Q5 has five spacious seats and a selection of equipment including automatic air conditioning and an audio system. A communications system and large panoramic glass roof are available as options.Price The Q5’s Achilles heel - Audi is aiming for the likes of Land Rover and BMW with the Q5 and the price reflects this. Running costs on diesel models should appeal to private and company drivers alike though.Quality Everything you expect from Audi; the Q5 boasts a premium interior with good quality materials. The car is well built and engineered.Safety The Audi Q5 was awarded the maximum five stars in Euro NCAP safety testing. Stability control is standard, as is Hill Descent Control for some off-road control.Pros Good-looking with plenty of space inside and close to car-like handling.Cons Quite expensive to buy and run. Offroad ability won’t match sector leaders.Alternatives BMW X3, Volvo XC60, Land Rover Freelander.